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Family Friendly Achievement

Awards Presentation

Making Waves has been working closely with Lowestoft Maritime Museum to encourage more family audiences. The jaunty Captain Crabbe was introduced as a family friendly character and appeared on revamped and rebranded trails, tasks and craft activities. Partnership with the local council also resulted in mutually beneficial joint event days while outreach to local community events helped publicise the museum’s offer. Most importantly, museum stewards (all volunteers) were involved from the outset and fully embraced suggestions as to how to engage with younger visitors. The team enjoyed hiding Admiral, Captain Crabbe’s cat, almost as much as visitors liked seeking him out!

As a result of all this hard work the number children visiting the museum increased by 21% over the summer. This stunning achievement was recognised when Lowestoft Maritime Museum were presented with Suffolk Museum’s prestigious Family Friendly Museum of the Year award at the annual awards ceremony at Suffolk University. Congratulations all round!